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ContiTech, an automotive parts manufacturer, has announced its acquisition of two Germany-based blow moulding companies. Hanover-based ContiTech Inotec says that it has bought Innovative Technologie and Präzisionstechnik Geithain. 2 April 2014
Germany-based Krones, a blow moulding machinery maker, has announced its preliminary financial results for 2013, reporting that revenue rose by 5.7% from 2012. 31 March 2014
Composite intermediate bulk container maker MaschioPack North America expects to build its first American facility this year and has big plans to expand quickly throughout the US. 26 March 2014
The German plastics processing industry yet again set a new record in 2013 as turnover grew by 3% to €57.6bn, exceeding modest 0.5% growth in 2012. The GKV trade association said activity in December exceeded expectations and it is forecasting faster growth of 4-5% in 2014. 7 March 2014
Plastipak Packaging has emerged as the successful bidder for the US assets of blow moulder Constar International Holdings. US-based Plastipak will pay $102.45m (€75.17m) for Constar's assets, according to an asset purchase agreement. 10 February 2014
Sipa, based in Italy, is more than half way way through a programme of change in which it is refreshing its whole portfolio of equipment for blow moulded packaging companies. This was embodied at K 2013 in the launch of the Xform 150 PET preform injection moulding machine, developed by Athena Automation, based in Canada, in partnership with Sipa. 24 January 2014
French polymer producer Total has evaluated using HDPE in an injection stretch blow moulding (ISBM) process as a low-cost option for bottle producers. 23 January 2014
Andreas Kandt last year returned to Bekum, the German extrusion blow moulding technology group, where he spent a large part of his career. As Gottfried Mehnert, Bekum’s founder and long-serving CEO, has stepped back from day-to-day operations, Kandt will steer the company as its managing director. 22 January 2014
Kautex Maschinenbau has a well established position in the automotive segment of the blow moulding machinery market. With the launch of the KBB series of fast cycling extrusion blow moulding machines at K 2013, it hopes to expand its position in consumer packaging applications. 21 January 2014
Just before K 2010, Italy-based Techne filed for creditor protection. At K 2013, though, it exhibited with the considerable backing of Graham Packaging and its parent Rank Group, which rescued it from insolvency in April 2011. 20 January 2014
Automa, based in Italy, has developed a modular extrusion blow moulding machine called Synthesi that allows users to upgrade at lower expense. 17 January 2014
Euromap, the technical body for European plastics machinery makers, has completed work on the energy efficiency of extrusion blow moulding (EBM) machines. This allows companies to show performance data in a simple and transparent way, it said. 10 January 2014
The United Nations' Industrial Development Organization has started an International Centre for Advancement of Manufacturing Technology in Bangalore to implement the "National Program for Developing Indian Plastic Industry". 9 January 2014
Plastics processor Promens is speeding up its expansion into China and launching a broader push into Asia that will see it set up several factories there in the next few years, the company’s top executive in the region said. 16 December 2013
Belgian plastic and rubber products association Federplast.be has appointed Petri Ven as its new secretary general. He will take on the new role in January 2014 when the current secretary general, Geert Scheys, steps down. Four years ago Ven joined Essenscia, the Belgian federation of the chemical industry, which delegated him to Federplast.be as its senior advisor for building and standardisation. 25 October 2013


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